Winter Break is Around the Corner But Don't Check Out Just Yet!
Here are the Early Admissions Statistics for the Class of 2023
The first members of the college class of 2023 are in! Here’s our breakdown of the early admission numbers for the class of 2023. More decisions will be released this month and into January, along with statistics, so we will be updating as more information becomes available!
Now's The Time to Consider Your Medical School Application Strategy
If you’re considering applying to medical school, it’s likely that you’ll be using the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) to apply to your best-fit medical school programs. Before you start formulating your medical school application strategy, however, it’s important to understand what to expect.
Here's What to Do if You're Accepted, Rejected, or Deferred
Many colleges are announcing early admissions decisions this week and applicants need to prepare for a variety outcomes including acceptance, rejection, or a deferral.
Add These Suggestions to Your Outside Reading List
Winter break is approaching, and instead of spending the entire break binge watching your favorite shows, consider stepping away from the screen for a bit and picking up a few books. Not only will winter break outside reading help you stay sharp during your vacation, it can also help prepare you for college coursework, which is often literature-heavy.
College Visits Are a Critical Piece of the College Admissions Puzzle
Most high school students are aware that the college admissions process is multi-faceted and can be very time-consuming. With the demands of building a college list, preparing for standardized tests, writing application essays and more, it can often feel like “fun” things like college visits shouldn’t be prioritized. However, not all applicants understand the unique and important role campus visits play in the college admissions process.
Take Some Time to Say “Thank You” to Those Who Are Helping You Through the College Application Process
For many students, Thanksgiving is a time to catch up on sleep, visit extended family, and enjoy an all-you-can eat feast. However, high school seniors should add one more item to their holiday agenda: crafting thank you notes for the teachers and counselors who have penned their letters of recommendation.
The College Admissions Process Can be a Sensitive Subject Over the Holidays – Here’s How to Approach It
The holidays can bring together friends and family members that may not be able to see each other frequently, and that can result in a lot of catching up over dinner conversation – especially when a student is applying to college. It’s not unusual for family members to default to the college conversation as soon as they see a high school senior, but sometimes this can unintentionally lead to additional stress or students just having the same discussion over and over again. Here’s how parents, students, and family members can approach the college conversation this Thanksgiving.
Here are Some of the Most Fun, Unusual, and Quirky College Courses
College course options aren't just limited to statistics and Biology 101! In addition to one-of-a-kind traditions and unique spooky stories, many universities have an array of specialized course offerings that are tailored to student’s interests, current events, and trends.
Activities Can Help Students Discover Their Interests and Stand Out When Applying to College
If you think grades and standardized test scores are the only factors that matter to college admissions officers, it is time to think again. While these types of quantitative measures are certainly important, there are a variety of other components that will carry considerable weight on your college applications, including how you spend your time on the weekends and after school.
Get the Info You Need Directly From the Source
With campus visits and college fairs, the fall is an important time for students to learn more about the schools they’re interested in and what it takes to gain admission. College fairs and information sessions during campus visits give students the opportunity to interact directly with an admissions officer and have their questions answered by a member of the team that makes the decisions.
Recommendation Letters are an Extremely Important College Application “Soft Factor”
Most colleges will require recommendation letters as part of the admissions process, but why do they matter? For many students, recommendations can be an afterthought as it’s one part of the application they don’t actually have to write, but neglecting this important application component can hurt your applicant profile.
Don't Lose Sight of Your College Prep Goals This Fall
If you find yourself counting down the days until winter break, you are not alone. Between keeping your grades up, studying for standardized tests, and participating in your choice of extracurricular activities, many high school students have a lot of responsibilities on their plate. Neglecting to manage the stress that can come with a busy academic and social schedule can cause students to burnout at the most critical point of their high school journey.
We're Here to Clear Up Some Fin Aid Myths for Students Applying ED or EA This Fall
Whether you’re putting the finishing touches on your applications or looking ahead to the following year, many students and families are curious about what kind of financial aid is available in the early round.
These Colleges Have Some Pretty Spooky Histories
Halloween season is here and for those who love a good spooky story, look no further than some of the schools on your balanced college list. Instead of saying goodbye to festive activities in high school, many colleges offer students the opportunity to amp up their holiday celebrations, thanks to an array of ghost stories, haunted halls, and one-of-a kind autumnal traditions.
Applying ED or EA Is Rarely Easy – But It Can Be Rewarding!
Early application deadlines are right around the corner, and students across the globe are putting the finishing touches on their ED and EA apps. What is it like to apply early to your top-choice colleges? While it can be stressful to get your application done early, it can be an incredibly rewarding experience.
There are a Few Tools and Quirks That Students Need to Be Aware of Before Taking the CBT International ACT
The ACT recently launched computer-based testing (CBT) for all international students testing outside of the United States. A first sitting of the ACT in the CBT format occurred in September, and while there were a few bumps with the initial proctoring of the exam (test centers cancelling administrations last minute and materials not arriving on time) it seems that the ACT has finally ironed out some of the quirks. Here’s what international students need to know about the computer-based ACT – including some of the quirks with the new tools and practice materials.
Keep an Eye Out for Common Mistakes When Reviewing Your Applications Before Hitting “Submit”
Early application deadlines are around the corner, and for students planning to apply to their top-choice colleges by November, it’s time to put the finishing touches on their applications. Students should take time to review their applications before submitting, but what should they be mindful of when proofreading their college apps?
Early Decision and Early Action Notification Dates for the 2018-19 Application Season
The college admissions season is flying by, and before you know it early admission decisions will be released. Here’s our annual list of early decision notification dates!
Communication is Key to Resolving Roommate Conflict
Much like adjusting to the academic and social changes that come with college, many first-year college students have to adapt to living in a shared dorm room space. It may sound simple, but there is a lot that goes into forming a strong relationship with a roommate and occasional disagreements are almost inevitable. Instead of letting a roommate conflict diminish your first-year experience, there are a variety of steps students can take to make the most of dorm living.
IvyWise Pro Bono Student Eunice Gives Insight and Advice Into Her College Admissions Journey
Often the college prep advice that students can best relate to is that given by peers going through the same journey. So what insight do students currently navigating the college admissions landscape have for others? We caught up with IvyWise pro bono student Eunice to get her take on what students need to keep in mind when applying to college this fall, and some advice for students who may be just starting the college prep process!
These Study Habits Can Help Students Reach Their Academic Goals This Fall
Cooler temperatures, falling leaves, and the return of pumpkin spice everything may be some of students’ favorite fall things – but studying usually isn't one of them. The fall semester is in full swing and establishing a routine and good study habits should be paramount this semester as students work to prepare for the college admissions process. If you’re having trouble finding your groove this autumn, IvyWise can help!
Former Admissions Officers Reveal Common College Application Missteps
It’s important to stand out when applying to college, but all too often applicants can draw attention to themselves for the wrong reasons. Common application mistakes may not completely derail your chances of admission, but they can give admissions officers pause when making decisions.
Don’t Let Stress in College Keep You From Having a Great First Year
For most students, the transition from high school to university life can be a significant adjustment and can come with stressors that they may not be used to coping with. College is often the first time students are living away from home and there are a host of responsibilities that come with living independently.
Outside Reading Is a Critical College Prep Tool
Don’t “Resume Pad” In Order to Look More Appealing to Admissions Officers
Many college-bound students struggle with what or how much to put on their college application activity list. Often, many students will add a number of extra activities in order to make it look like they’ve done a lot more initiatives in high school, but this resume padding can actually hurt more than it helps.
Don’t Let Fear of Public Speaking Keep You From Your Favorite Activities
In some cases, it can be hard to avoid speaking in public. Whether you’re a high school student presenting at a science fair, or a college student taking a debate course to fulfill a credit requirement, chances are you’ll have to speak in public at some point. Speaking in front of others can be intimidating, but mastering this skill can go a long way toward helping you excel in high school and college.
Colleges Want to See Students Actively Pursuing What Truly Interests Them – Not What They Think College Want to See
While grades and test scores are important college application elements that are considered in the admissions process, they are far from the only factors that influence college admissions decisions. In addition to academic excellence, universities are looking for students with demonstrated interests and passions – or specialists. College admissions offices want to admit students who will make an impact on campus by continuing to pursues those passions, but how can you know what truly interests you?
Don’t Fall For Common Myths or Let Stress Ruin the Process
The college admissions process can produce a lot of unnecessary stress for high school seniors. While it’s normal to feel anxious about the process, it’s important to keep in mind that knowledge is power when applying to college, and knowing what to expect and keep in mind as you complete your admissions journey this fall is the key to having a successful admissions season.
Create a Productive Morning Routine to Cut Back on School Anxiety
If you are struggling to make it out the door on time, feeling drowsy during your first three classes, or forgetting assignments at home, it may be time to rethink your morning routine. Many students make hitting the snooze button their default, but this usually isn’t the most effective way to kick-start your day. Start the new school year off on the right foot by revamping your morning routine with these organization strategies that are sure to help you feel on top of your game all day long!
Back-to-School Season is Here!
With a three-day weekend on the horizon, many students are gearing up for their last few days off before the new school year starts. Students can make the most of the Labor Day weekend by taking some time for prep for the upcoming school year!
Don’t Let Back-to-School Stress Ruin an Exciting Semester
The back-to-school season can bring a lot of excitement with a new semester, new classes, and maybe even a new school for some students. But with that excitement can sometimes come anxiety as students adjust to a new routine and continue their college prep – or even start on college applications.
Here are Some of the Most Creative and Fun College Application Prompts
The 2018-19 college application season is in full swing, and with the opening of the Common Application on August 1 came the release of many school-specific supplements with some quirky and creative college application essay prompts and short answer questions.
Here’s How Students – Especially Those Who Tend to Be Introverted – Can Make the Most of Their College Admissions Interviews
College admissions interviews, when available, can be a great way to learn more about the schools to which you’re applying while also adding a personal touch to your application. They also give students the opportunity to further demonstrate their interest in a particular college or university. Interviews can be stressful for anyone, but often introverts find these one-on-one conversations particularly difficult. Quiet students who may be uncomfortable talking about themselves and their achievements may feel like they are at a disadvantage during this part of the application process, however, that doesn’t have to be the case.
Here’s How to Make the Most of Move In Day
It’s back-to-school season, and for many first-year college students this is the first time they’ll be living in a dorm and sharing a space with one or more roommates. College move in day can be hectic, but there’s a lot that students can do to ensure they have a smooth transition into college life.
How Do College Costs Stack Up Across the Pond?
Cost a very important factor to consider for most students applying to college, especially for those interested in schools in both the US and the UK. In order to adequately budget for a college degree, applicants need to not only account for tuition costs, but also related expenses such as application fees, tuition, the cost of living in certain cities, and more. US colleges can be pricey, however, it’s not a guarantee that attending university in UK will be less expensive in the long run.
Applying to College This Fall? Check Out These Helpful Resources
The college admissions season is officially underway, and there’s a lot that high school seniors need to do between now and application deadlines on Jan. 1. The college application process can be confusing, but there are a number of online resources that can help students and parents navigate the process this fall.
Here’s What to Remember When Writing Your College Application Essays This Fall
For many students back-to-school season is already here, and with the opening of the Common Application on Aug. 1, the pressure to start on college applications is already on. While it’s smart for students to get a head start on their college applications during the summer, it can be overwhelming, especially if you’re not sure what to write about in your essays – or how to write it.
First-Year College Students’ Guide to Buying Textbooks
Back-to-school season is upon us, and as students across the globe prepare for their first year in college, there are a lot of extra expenses to consider outside of tuition and room and board – most notably the cost of textbooks. For first-year students who have never bought their textbooks before, navigating this new experience can be tricky. However, there are ways to shop smart for your textbooks this fall.
Many Families Believe Colleges Prefer One Exam Over Another
A common question that families consider when their college-bound students are preparing for the SAT or ACT is “which test is better?” Or “are the ACT and SAT considered equally in the application review process?” There’s been a long-held myth that one test is favored over the other, however, that’s simply not the case.
If You’re Applying to College Here’s What You Need to Know About the Common App
The Common Application officially opened for the 2018-19 college application season on August 1, allowing students across the globe to begin their college admissions journey. But what is the Common Application, exactly? Who can use it and when? Understanding the Common App and other college application options can make your college prep strategy easier to formulate.
Have Some Fun and Prep for the SAT With These Games
When it comes to improving SAT scores, there's no substitute for comprehensive test prep. However, there are activities you can do outside of studying to help reframe how you approach certain test problems and concepts. Games in particular are an excellent way to practice setting and achieving goals, as well as problem solving under pressure.
Students Applying to College Should Seek Help From a Number of Different Resources
For students just starting the college admissions process, it can be intimidating and overwhelming, so some perspective from peers going through the same process can be helpful and welcome. We caught up with one of our pro bono students, Oladunni, to get her advice on what students should know when applying to college this fall.
Colleges Report Matriculation Rates For The Class Entering Fall 2018
Colleges reported record-low admission rates for the class of 2022, and now that many colleges have a chance to admit students off the waitlist in order to finalize enrollment for the fall, colleges are assessing their matriculating class and releasing information on their class of 2022 yield rates.
How to Leave Your Internship On a High Note At the End of the Summer
Internships are valuable experiences for high school and college students alike, as they allow them to gain real-world experience while exploring their interests. Simply getting a behind-the-scenes look at a potential career path can be highly informative for students choosing college majors or considering which courses to enroll in. There are only a few more weeks left for students to make the most of their internships – and make an impact!
Your High School Courses Pay A Big Role In the Admissions Process
When planning for college, many students often overlook the impact that course selection – or course rigor – can have on their college admissions chances. It’s important for college-bound students, especially for rising seniors, to take the most challenging courses available to them and to do well in them.
Dos and Don’ts for International Students Considering Taking the TOEFL Exam
If you’re an international student planning to apply to US universities, and English is not your first language, chances are you’ve heard of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Whether you’re unsure about taking the test, or need pointers on how to study, these do’s and don’ts will get you on the right track to ace the TOEFL.
Here are the Colleges That Have Already Announced Their 2018-19 College Application Essay Prompts
The Common Application may be a couple of weeks from opening for the 2018-19 college application season, but a number of colleges and universities have already announced their supplemental essay prompts for the next admissions cycle.
Here’s What Parents and Students Need to Know About the 2018-19 Coalition Application
The 2018-19 college admissions season is already underway, and with the availability of the Common Application and the newer Coalition app, students have some options when it comes to college application platforms. While the Common Application is used by far more colleges than the Coalition app, some colleges use the Coalition app exclusively, so students should know what to expect should they have to utilize the Coalition app to apply any of the colleges on their balanced college list.
What to do if You Received a Low Score on Your SAT Subject Test
Results for the June 2018 SAT will be available later this week, along with SAT Subject Test Scores. If you didn't reach your goal score on your Subject Tests, there are a few things to consider before moving forward with your test prep.
For International Students Applying to US Universities, TOEFL Scores Can Be a Critical Part of College Applications
For some international students applying to US universities, TOEFL scores can be a big factor in the admissions process. It’s important for international students to understand if they need to take the TOEFL, when to take it, and how the scores are evaluated by admissions officers.
IvyWise Student Celine Gives Her Insight and Advice to Other Rising High School Seniors Applying to College This Fall
It may be summer break, but the college admissions process for rising high school seniors has already begun! We caught up with one of our students to get her advice for students planning to apply to college this fall – and for those who are just now thinking about their college prep.
Students Should Watch Out For These Common Test Prep Mistakes
Could you be sabotaging your test prep and not even realize it? Preparing for the SAT, ACT, or SAT Subject Tests requires a lot of patience, recall, and determination in order to reach your goal score, and it’s important for students to keep in mind how lengthy and intense of a process it can be. It’s also possible for students to hurt their test prep more than they’re helping – and not even realize it.
Save Money on College Visits With These Tips
Planning college visits this summer or fall? College visit costs can add up quickly, especially if students have many schools they’d like to visit as they narrow down their balanced college lists. However, there are a number of ways that families can save some money on college tours.
Stay On Track With Your Test Prep While Enjoying Your Time Off
School’s out and summer is in! Now that you’re done with another school year, you have time for all the things you weren’t able to enjoy during the school year – whether that’s travel, research endeavors, or summer programs. You likely also have some extra time to dedicate to your test prep. By continuing your test prep into the summer you’ll be able to build up your foundational skills so that come the fall, once you’re juggling all of your obligations, you won’t have to worry about starting your SAT or ACT test prep from the ground up.
Here's What Test-Optional Means For College-Bound Students
Last week, the University of Chicago announced that it will no longer require SAT or ACT scores for undergraduate applicants from the US. UChicago is one the of the first major research universities to announce a test-optional policy, but test-optional and test-flexible admissions have been around for a long time. What exactly does it mean and how does it affect applicants?
Here's What International Students Taking the ACT Can Expect in 2018
The ACT is shaking things up this year for international test-takers. Starting in September 2018, the ACT is transitioning to computer-based testing for all international students, meaning students will need to take their entire examination on the computer (unless the student has approved accommodations that approve them for paper testing).
Be Proactive to Make the Most of Your Summer Internship Experience
Internships are valuable experiences that can give both high school and college students the opportunity to learn something new and stand out when applying to college or jobs in the future. There’s a lot that students can do to make the most of their internships and stand out this summer!
Here Is The IvyWise Guide To Superscoring With Instructions On How To Send SAT And ACT Score Reports
A question we often receive is “what is superscoring?” College-bound students are often confused about what it means to superscore, which colleges do it, and how it impacts submitting their SAT or ACT scores. But we’re here to help! Here’s what students need to know about the logistics of superscoring and how it may improve your score profile when applying to college.
How Community Service Can Impact College Admission Chances
A recent survey of college admissions officers found that community service can be a tipping factor when making college admissions decisions. In fact, 53% of those surveyed said that community service can almost be a “tie-breaker” between applicants who are equally qualified. So how is community service viewed in the context of a student’s application, and what can students now to pursue meaningful community service opportunities?
2018 Is A Mixed Bag For Waitlisted Students
Getting waitlisted can be a confusing and stressful admissions outcome for college bound students, and with record-low admission rates and record-high applicant pools, many college waitlists are growing while the chances of admission off the waitlist are hard to predict.
The New Summer Test Date Can Help Rising Seniors Finish Their Testing Before The School Year
Juniors: Still need to take the ACT but worried you’re running out of time? Fear not! You now have more chances than ever to wrap up your test prep before senior year, even with the school year coming to a close. This year will mark the first administration of the July ACT, which will be held on July 14.
Switch Up Your Study Routine So It Doesn't Get Boring
With summer break around the corner, many students might find it challenging to sit indoors and crack down on those end of year AP Exams, projects, and finals. Since it is important to stay engaged for the entire academic year, it’s important to think outside of the box and brainstorm ways to make your test prep and studying less of a chore and more of something to look forward to!
Acceptance Rates Are An Important Metric For Students When Building A Balanced College List
Every year we hear about “record-low acceptance rates” for a number of already highly selective colleges and universities. With more students applying to more colleges, it’s no surprise that many schools across the US are seeing their admission rates drop, however, that’s not always the case for every institution. When building your balanced college list it’s important to understand how your profile stacks up against the most recently admitted class and the overall college acceptance rates for each school to which you plan to apply.
But That Shouldn’t Scare You If You’re Smart Online
We hear it every year: College admissions officers are checking out applicants’ social media profiles and it can affect how they’re viewed – especially if there’s anything particularly egregious out there. The latest Kaplan survey of college admissions officers found that almost 70% of them think that looking at social media is “fair game” in the admissions process.
These Schools Still Have Space For the Class of 2022
Got a late start on the college admissions process? Didn’t like your college options? Reconsidering your planned gap year? There are over 400 colleges and universities in the US (and abroad!) that are still accepting applications for the class of 2022 entering fall 2018.
There Are Many Ways That STEM Students Can Explore Their Interests Outside of the Classroom
Extracurricular activities are a great way for students to explore their interests, develop a specialty, and eventually stand out when it comes time to apply to college. For STEM students, finding extracurricular initiatives that match their interests can sometimes be difficult, but there are actually a lot of opportunities out there that allow STEM students to get involved and make an impact.
For Students Requiring Testing Accommodations It’s Important To Consider Your Options Along With Your Test Prep Plan
According to The College Board, nearly 160,000 requests for testing accommodations were made in 2015-16. For students with learning disabilities or differences (LDs), deciding which college entrance exam – the SAT or the ACT – is the best fit for their needs can be extra challenging as they must navigate additional considerations, like applying to accommodations. While one test isn’t preferable over the other for every LD – everyone is an individual – there are some elements that make one test for preferable over another depending on students’ needs and available accommodations.
Seven IvyWise Team Members Share Their Favorite Memories Of Their Time In Guatemala With School the World
In March, seven IvyWise team members traveled to Guatemala with School the World as part of the organization’s first corporate service trip, where they built a school for a community outside of Santa Cruz del Quiche.
Current 8th Graders Should Start Making a Plan for Their First Year of High School
The easiest way to minimize the stress associated with the college admissions process is to start early! If you have an understanding of what admissions officers are looking for and what you need to check off of your to-do list and when, you can avoid last-minute time crunches. Do yourself a favor and use the summer before 9th grade to plan for your freshman year of high school and, ultimately, set yourself up for college prep success for the next four years.
Testing Anxiety Can Greatly Impact Students’ Test Prep – Here’s How to Tackle It
While it’s common for students to feel nervous before an exam, there are some students who experience a heightened sense of nervous feelings known as anxiety. Too much anxiety, when in correlation to an examination, is known as “testing anxiety.” It is possible for testing anxiety to lead to testing difficulties since it can inhibit students from performing to the best of their abilities depending on how it manifests. So what can students do to minimize the impact that testing anxiety has on their test-day performance?
A Summer Job Can Help You Earn Some Extra Cash and Develop Skills That Will Take You Through the Admissions Process and College
Academic courses or summer programs and MOOCs aren’t the only options that students have in order stay productive or keep learning this summer. In addition to exploring your interests through summer activities, a summer job can help you develop a new skills that are sometimes difficult to develop inside the classroom. No matter the job, taking on a paid position with a defined set of responsibilities will challenge you in new and exciting ways.
A Waitlist Decision Can Be Confusing, So What Should You Do?
So you’ve been placed on the dreaded waitlist. Now what? There’s actually a lot that students can do to maximize their chances of admission off the waitlist.
If You're Denied Don't Give Up Hope!
Receiving a denial from a college can be extremely disappointing, but it’s not the end of the world. There are a number of things that students can do to deal with a denial – and focus on the positives.
Here's What to Do If You're Accepted!
More college admissions decisions are coming out this week, and we have some advice for students who were accepted to their top-choice colleges.
Here's What to Bring On Your Campus Tours This Spring
College visits are an important part of the college prep process, as it help students learn more about schools of interest in order to build their balanced college list. Campus visits are a marathon – not a sprint – and taking along the right items can help make your time touring schools a lot easier!
Are You Participating In Meaningful Extracurricular Activities?
Colleges want to see what students are doing outside of the classroom, so high school students should seek out extracurricular opportunities that they’re passionate about and match their interests. For high school freshmen and sophomores, it can be hard to figure out exactly what their interests are and the activities that best suit those passions. Luckily, there are a number of resources for high school freshmen and sophomores to help them identify their core interests and find activities that support them.
As Colleges Begin Releasing Admission Decisions, MIT Is One of the First With 6.7% Acceptance Rate
Here’s a look at some of the first admission rates and application numbers from the class of 2022.
Here’s a Breakdown of 5 of the Most Popular SAT Subject Tests
While some colleges and universities require SAT Subject Test scores as part of the application process, many students choose to take them as way to demonstrate their interest in a particular area of study. There are a number of SAT Subject Tests that many students tend to gravitate toward, so we’ve compiled a list of the five most popular SAT Subject Tests!
Now’s the Time for Students to Think About How to Spend Their Summer Breaks
It may only be March, but summer break will be here before you know it, and students need to have a solid plan for how to spend their time off from school.
Take Multiple SAT and ACT Practice Tests As Part of Your Test Prep Plan
Practice tests are an integral part of any test prep program, especially when you’re preparing for the SAT or ACT. Regardless of the test you plan to take, practice exams give you an opportunity to challenge your skills and gauge your progress.
Follow the IvyWise Team as We Travel to Build a School in Guatemala
On Sunday seven members of the IvyWise team will travel to Guatemala to build a school as part of IvyWise Gives Back initiative with School the World! Here’s how you can follow along with our journey.
Here’s When Students Can Expect to Receive Regular Admission Decisions in 2018
As we draw closer to spring, colleges and universities across the country are working hard to get through hundreds of thousands of college applications to the class of 2022 in order to deliver regular decisions by the end of March.
Students Who Applied ED II To Their Top-Choice Colleges Should Prepare For All Outcomes
Many ED II decisions for the class of 2022 will be released this week, with students finding out if they were accepted, rejected, or deferred at their top-choice colleges. Here’s what students need to do one they learn of their decisions.
Improve Your Performance on the ACT Math Section By Avoiding These Common Mistakes
By: Priyam, IvyWise Master Tutor
The spring semester is a big test prep season, and for a lot of students, the math section of either the ACT or SAT can be challenging – and often the difference between their goal scores or slightly missing the mark. There are a number of mistakes that students make on the ACT Math section that can be avoided with proper test prep and guidance.
Top Universities Report Record-High Number of Applications for the 2017-18 College Admissions Cycle
Many colleges and universities are releasing stats on their college application numbers for the class of 2022, and several are reporting record-setting applicant pools.
IvyWise Will Travel to Guatemala With School the World in March to Build an Elementary School
IvyWise, along with Flywire and Envisage International, has partnered with School the World and will be traveling to Guatemala this March to build a school and playground with the aim of expanding educational access in one of the country’s neediest communities.
The Common App Prompts for 2018-19 Will Remain the Same as Last Year
The Common Application has announced the personal essay prompts for the 2018-19 admissions season, leaving the prompts from 2017-18 unchanged.
Consider Rescheduling Your SAT or ACT Exam Date If Appropriate
By Taylor, IvyWise Tutoring Coordinator
The most important rule of test prep: Don’t sit for the SAT or ACT if you’re not ready. During the spring semester, students dedicate a significant amount of time preparing for a slew of exams ranging from AP exams and finals to the SAT or ACT and SAT Subject Tests. Many students may have a test prep plan in place already, but plans can change and that’s okay! Rescheduling your test date is an option, but how do you know if you should?
Start the Year By Creating a Comprehensive College Prep Plan
Crafting a thoughtful and thorough college prep plan is critical to reaching your college admissions goals, but often students aren’t sure where to start. It’s important for students to take some time to evaluate where they are in the process, their goals, and how they plan to achieve them.
Full-Length SAT and ACT Practice Tests Are a Key Component of Any Test Prep Plan
By Peter, IvyWise Master Tutor
The spring semester is a big test prep time for college bound students, as many juniors will be taking the SAT or ACT in the coming months. Taking practice tests is an essential part of the test preparation process because the best way to prep for the SAT or ACT is to actually take them! But it’s not enough to take practice tests. Students also need to simulate the test day environment as best as they can.
A Number of Schools Are Still Accepting Applications for the Class of 2022
Many application deadlines have already passed, but there are still hundreds of colleges and universities in the US accepting applications for the class of 2022.
Relax With A Good Book Or Other Reading While You’re Out Of School For The Holidays
We can’t stress the importance of outside reading enough. Oftentimes it’s hard for students to find the time to read books or other materials for fun, but winter break is the perfect time to catch up on some outside reading you haven’t been able to do this semester.
Use Winter Break To Stay On Track With Test Prep and Complete Any Assigned Work
By Taylor, IvyWise Tutoring Coordinator
Winter Break is here! Time off between now and the New Year brings family time, trips, holiday fun, and hopefully some rest! However, for some students, this break can also lead to a smaller-scale version of the brain drain that we tend to see over the summer. Tests, projects, and standardized tests like ACT and SAT will pick up again as soon as students are back to school after the break, so it’s important for students to stay sharp so that they don’t fall behind once school resumes.
Here are the Early Admissions Statistics for the Class of 2022
The first members of the college class of 2022 are in! Are you curious to see how this year’s early applicants compared to the class of 2021? Here’s our breakdown of the early admission numbers for the class of 2022. More decisions will be released later this week, along with statistics, so we will be updating as more information becomes available!
Here’s What Students Need To Remember As They’re Notified of Their Early Admission Decisions
As mid-December approaches, so do early decision release dates. Many students who applied early decision or early action to their top-choice colleges will learn their fate over the next week or so, and it can be an extremely stressful time. However, there are a lot of positive things to consider as early admission applicants wait to hear from their dream schools.
Here’s What College Bound Students Need to Do to Write a Great College Application Essay
It’s college application crunch time for high school seniors, and there are probably more than a few of you who are behind on writing those application essays. Don’t get stressed! Our team of counselors is here to help with some of their top essay writing tips.
Remember These When Relatives Are Asking A Million Questions About College This Holiday Week
There’s a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday, and college bound high school seniors have more than a few things to show appreciation for this week.
Write A Great Personal Statement and Supplemental Essays With These Tips and Resources
As the holiday season approaches, many college bound seniors are taking advantage of some time off in order to catch up on their college applications. Essays can be the most time-consuming and stressful part of the college admissions process, however, with the right tools and resources, students can put together compelling and thoughtful essays well before the looming application deadlines.
In The “Holistic Review” Process Qualitative Elements Like Essays, Recommendations, and More Are Just As Important As Grades and Test Scores
Grades and test scores are important when applying to college, but what about the other college application elements like essays, recommendations, and more? It’s critical for students (and parents!) to understand how the different elements of applications are evaluated when applying to college in order to have the best chance of admission to their top-choice schools.
Quantitative Elements Like Grades, Test Scores, and More are Weighed When Applying to College
College bound students know that grades and test scores are important when applying to college, but exactly how important? It’s critical for students to understand how the different elements of applications are evaluated and what they can do to improve their chances of admission.
Some of the first application deadlines have already passed, and with a little less than two months to go before regular decision deadlines, students are grappling with some strange college admissions emotions.
IvyWise Student Ranpreet Shares His College Admissions Experience, Motivation, and Advice
The college application process is in full swing for high school seniors applying to the class of 2022. It can be a high-stress time of year, and it’s important for students to have perspective when going through the admissions journey. One IvyWise student, Ranpreet, has some advice to students to help them stay motivated this fall.
Here’s What Students Need to Know About the ACT Math Section
By Peter, IvyWise Master Tutor
If you’re preparing to take the ACT this fall, it’s important to understand the exam’s content, format, and test-taking strategies in order to maximize your performance on test day. The ACT Math section is a great entry point for students in order to understand how the ACT is organized as well as the test’s key differences from the SAT.
Early Decision and Early Action Notification Dates for the 2017-18 Application Season
It won’t be long before the first early admission decisions are released. Are you ready? Here’s our annual list of early decision notification dates!
Personalized Learning Can Help Students Achieve Academic and College Prep Success
By Megan, IvyWise Tutoring Manager
Every student is different – including the ways in which they learn. Just like students should focus on fit when selecting colleges to which to apply, fit is also important when analyzing the best way to help students achieve their academic goals in the college prep process. This is where Personalized Learning comes into play.
Free Test Prep Resources Like Khan Academy Can Be The Perfect Accessory When Working With Your Tutor
By Taylor, IvyWise Tutoring Coordinator
Whether it’s AP or IB courses, continuing standardized test prep, or just keeping up with regular coursework, students have their work cut out for them this school year. While many of our students work with IvyWise tutors throughout the summer and school year to get a leg-up with these subjects, many students and tutors alike have also taken advantage of the limitless online resources available to them. It is 2017, after all, and it wouldn’t be the 21st century without implementing technology to supplement students’ tutoring and learning!
Adopting A Growth Mindset Can Help Students Succeed In The Classroom and In Their College Prep
By Megan, IvyWise Tutoring Manager
How can students learn better, and how can those skills translate into college and post-graduate success? The concept of Growth Mindset, from the research of Carol Dweck, has taken education world by storm and greatly impacted the way educational professionals view student instruction. Recently, Khan Academy hosted LearnStorm - Growth Mindset Livestream, and the team here at IvyWise has a breakdown of exactly what Growth Mindset is and how it’s beneficial when preparing for, and once students are in, college.
Here’s What Students Need to Know About the ACT Science Section
By Peter, IvyWise Master Tutor
If you’re preparing to take the ACT this fall, it’s important to understand the exam’s content, format, and test-taking strategies in order to maximize your performance on test day. The ACT Science section has long been a source of worry for many students who do not consider themselves strong in the sciences – including those who are deciding which test to take. The ACT’s distinct ‘Science’ section is, after all, the most obvious difference between the ACT and SAT exams. So what can students expect on this portion of the ACT?
Students Should Take a Full-Length Diagnostic of Both the SAT and ACT
By Megan, IvyWise Tutoring Manager
With application season upon us, it’s time for sophomores and juniors to begin preparing for and taking standardized tests. The first step to preparing for the SAT or ACT is to decide which test is the best fit for your skills and abilities. While there are countless articles comparing the SAT and ACT and why you should take a certain exam, in reality the tests are incredibly similar. Ultimately, there is no clear sign of which test to prepare for without taking diagnostics of each exam.
Tips and Free Tools For Students Using Calculators On the SAT
By Priyam, IvyWise Master Tutor
It’s SAT and ACT season for college bound students, and many will go into these tests with a calculator in-hand. Make sure you know how – and when – to use it.
Utilize Free Resoures To Supplement Your Test Prep
By Megan, IvyWise Tutoring Manager
Expanding your vocabulary is important in high school, especially when preparing for the SAT or ACT, as they both have sections that will test your reading skills and your knowledge of certain words and their definitions. There are a number of free apps that students can use to enhance their vocabulary and make the most of their test prep.
College Visits Are a Big Part of Your College List Research
Junior year is a big college prep year, and one of the most important things that juniors will do this fall is visit colleges and universities as part of their college list research.
Students Should Avoid Taking College Entrance Exams Too Many Times
Junior year is a big testing year for college bound students, and as they prepare for the SAT or ACT many students might not be taking the test for the first time. It’s not uncommon for students to take the SAT or ACT multiple times, but how many times is too many?
Research Is Key To Creating a Balanced List of Colleges To Apply To
The college admission season is here, but where are you applying? Students should start researching colleges and building a balanced college list junior year, and continue to refine their list throughout the school year.
SAT Subject Tests Are Sometimes an Application Requirement But They Can Also Help You Boost Your Applicant Profile
By Megan, IvyWise Tutoring Manager
The school year is coming, but what does that mean? Students will begin thinking about (or stressing about) when they should take their college placement exams. While students usually have a reasonable handle on when to take the SAT or ACT, there seems to be confusion on whether or not to take SAT Subject Tests and when.
Here’s What Students Need to Know About the ACT Reading Section
By Peter, IvyWise Master Tutor
If you’re preparing for the ACT with the goal of raising your score on the ACT Reading section, it’s important to know what’s new and how to approach the passages and questions in this section of the exam.
“Don’t Be Afraid to Be Yourself. Colleges Want a Person Not a Paper.”
The college admissions process is officially underway for the high school class of 2018, with the Common Application now open and the new school year just around the corner. Applying to college can be a stressful and intimidating process, but there are simple steps that rising high school seniors can take to make the most of their admissions journey.
Here’s What Students Preparing for the ACT Need to Know About the 2018 Redbook
By Peter, IvyWise Master Tutor
The makers of the ACT released a new version of their own preparation ‘Redbook’ this past June. While it is mostly resembles that of the previous version, the new release is a great opportunity to discuss how students planning to take the ACT can best make use of the book while preparing for the exam.
Students Need to Get Creative With These Unusual College Essay Prompts
It’s that time of year again! The 2017-18 Common Application is open, and now's the time for the class of 2022 to start on their college application essays and supplements – which can sometimes include weird and unusual essay prompts and short answer questions.
Here’s Everything College-Bound Seniors Need to Know About the Coalition College Application
The 2017-18 admissions season is ramping up, with the opening of the Common Application on August 1 and the availability of the Coalition application. Over 100 colleges and universities plan to use the Coalition application this year, and there have been a number of changes and enhancements that students and parents need to be aware of before starting on their applications this fall.
Here’s When You Can Take the SAT and ACT
Preparing for the SAT or ACT is a major aspect of the college admissions process, and part of determining the best test prep strategy is to know exactly when you plan to take these college entrance exams. We’ve pulled together the SAT and ACT test dates and registration deadlines for the 2017-18 school year so that college-bound students can access this information in one place – and better prepare for testing this fall and next spring.
Use Your Free Time This Summer to Catch Up on College Research
August is just around the corner – which means a new Common App and the start of a new college admissions season. For rising seniors and juniors, the last few weeks before the start of the school year is a great time to research potential colleges in order to develop and refine their balanced college lists.
Test Prep Tips and Resources For Students Planning to Take the SAT in August
The registration deadline for the August SAT is fast approaching (July 28 and August 8 with late fee), so if you plan on taking the exam later this summer it’s time to get serious about your test prep. There are a number of resources that you can utilize this summer in order to prepare for the August SAT.
Here’s What Students Need to Know About the ACT English Section
By Peter, IvyWise Master Tutor
Are you preparing for the ACT this summer? Understanding the exam’s content, format, and strategies to maximize your performance on test day is important in order to make the most of your test prep and, in the end, reach your goal score.
Many Colleges Have Already Announced Their 2017-18 College Application Essay Prompts
The summer is a great time for college-bound seniors to begin working on their college application essays, as many colleges and universities have already released their essay prompts for the 2017-18 college application season.
College Bound Students Can Use The Summer To Explore Interests and Catch Up On College Apps
We can’t stress enough the importance of a productive summer break when preparing to apply to college. While students can use the summer break to relax and recharge, they should also use some of that downtime to explore their interests, catch up on test prep and outside reading, and more.
Use The 4th of July Holiday Break To Catch Up On Outside Reading
For students preparing for the college admissions process, the 4th of July holiday is a great time to relax, recharge, and catch up on some light outside reading.
Here’s Where IvyWise Students Will Be Attending College This Fall
It was a great admissions season for the IvyWise class of 2017, with 91% of our students gaining admission to one or more of their top choice colleges. IvyWise students received over 400 acceptances to over 140 different colleges, but where are they enrolling?
Students Can Get a Head Start On College Applications and Essays This Summer
The school year may be coming to a close, but the college admissions process is just starting for rising high school seniors (aka the college class of 2022). In addition to preparing for standardized testing and finalizing college lists, rising seniors also have the opportunity to get a head start on their college application essays during the summer break.
Here Are Some Resources to Help You Prepare For Your Freshman Year of College This Summer
Summer is in full swing, and while rising high school seniors are turning their focus toward the college application process, those who have already graduated are preparing for their first year in college. There’s a lot that rising college freshmen can do this summer to prepare for their first year on campus.
Even After You’re Admitted Your Social Media Presence Can Impact Your Admission Decisions
This spring, at least 10 members of Harvard’s class of 2021 had their offers of admission rescinded after the university was alerted to a private group message in which some incoming freshmen were posting offensive memes. This is a good opportunity to remind college bound students of the effect social media can have on the college admissions process before – and after – applying.
IvyWise Pro Bono Student Andrea Shares Her Experience, Motivation, and Advice
The admissions season has come to a close for the college class of 2021, and now the focus has shifted toward the class of 2022. While the admissions process is full of stats like admission rates, yield, SAT and ACT scores, and more, it’s important to remember what really matters when applying to college: the student. At IvyWise we have the honor of working with a number of amazing students, and we’d like to take the time to feature some of them.
Colleges Report Matriculation for the Class of 2021
This college admissions season saw record-low admission rates, but what colleges are really concerned about now is yield – the percentage of admitted students who enroll. Class of 2021 yield rates are starting to emerge – giving prospective students a better picture of the most recent freshman class.
There’s Still Time to Apply to College! Over 500 Colleges and Universities Are Still Accepting Students to the Class of 2021
Whether you got a late start on the college admissions process, or you weren’t accepted to the colleges to which you applied, there’s still a chance to secure a spot in the class of 2021. NACAC’s annual College Openings Update: Options for Qualified Students survey lists over 500 colleges and universities that have space available for the freshman class entering fall 2017.
Here’s What Students Need to Know About the SAT Essay Section
By Peter, IvyWise Master Tutor
Understanding test content, formatting, and changes are important when preparing for the SAT – especially the essay portion. There have been a number of changes to the SAT since the launch of the new exam in 2016, and our guide to the SAT Essay will help students better understand how to master this section should they choose to take it.
Here are Some Resources to Help Students Build a Balanced College List
Juniors: Do you know where you’ll be applying to college this fall? Now’s the time to create your balanced college list if you haven’t started already.
Here’s What Students Need to Know About the SAT Math Section
By Peter, IvyWise Master Tutor
Understanding test content, formatting, and changes are important when preparing for the SAT – especially the Math section. There have been a number of changes to the SAT math section since the launch of the new exam in 2016, and IvyWise is here to help students better understand how to master this portion of the SAT.
Students Have Until May 1 To Decide Where to Enroll
The May 1 enrollment deadline for college bound seniors is fast approaching, and while many students may know where they want to spend the next four years, the jury may still be out for others deciding where to enroll for the fall.
Here’s What to Expect on the 2017-18 Common Application
The admissions cycle for the class of 2021 may be over, but the college preparation journey is just starting for current juniors who are planning to apply to college this fall. Students are getting started on their applications earlier than ever, and it's important to stay informed on the latest Common Application changes before the summer and fall.
Accepted to Your Top-Choice Colleges? Congratulations! Here’s What to Do Next
Regular admission decisions are out for the class of 2021, and up until this point, students probably spent a lot of time daydreaming about gaining admission to their top-choice colleges but not much about what they will need to do after their decisions come in. Getting accepted to one or more of your top-choice colleges is exciting, but there’s still a lot to do before enrollment deposits are due May 1 – especially if you received multiple offers of admission.
Watch Some of the Newest Members of the Class of 2021 Learn of Their Acceptances
Admission decisions for the class of 2021 are in, and college bound students across the country are deciding where to spend the next four years. Students have had to wait a long time for their final admission decisions, and for those with good news, the moment was too good not to be captured on camera.
Learn About the College Admissions Process From Two IvyWise Students
As high school seniors across the US, and the world, await admission decisions for the class of 2021, it’s important to remember the focus of this process at the end of the day: the student. At IvyWise we have the honor of working with some amazing students, and they have some advice for other students just starting the college admissions process.
Here’s What to Do If You Were Rejected From Your Top-Choice College
As colleges begin notifying applicants of their regular admission decisions, many students, especially those who applied to highly-selective universities with notoriously low admit rates, will be faced with their worst-case scenario: a rejection from their top-choice college. Receiving a rejection from a top-choice college can be crushing to students, but it’s not the end of the world.
Tips and Resources for Waitlisted Students
As colleges begin notifying applicants of their regular admission decisions, many students end up faced with a puzzling outcome: the waitlist. While getting placed on the waitlist is not an ideal situation, there is a lot that students can do to effectively address the situation and improve their chances of admission should they choose to remain on the waitlist.
Colleges Continue to Report Record-High Application Numbers, MIT Admits 7.1% of Applicants to the Class of 2021
Here’s a look at some of the first admission rates and application numbers from the class of 2021.
IvyWise Student Kaitlyn Shares Her Experience, Motivation, and Advice
As high school seniors across the US, and the world, await college admission decisions for the class of 2021, it’s important to remember the focus of this process at the end of the day: the student. At IvyWise we have the honor of working with some amazing students, and we’d like to take the time to feature some of them.
Here’s What Students Need to Know About the SAT Writing Section
By Peter, IvyWise Master Tutor
Understanding test content, formatting, and changes are important when preparing for the SAT – especially the writing section. There have been a number of changes to the SAT writing section since the launch of the new exam in 2016, and IvyWise is here to help students better understand how to master this portion of the SAT.
SAT and ACT Changes for 2017-18, IvyWise Class of 2017 Early Admission Results
It’s March, and we’re quickly approaching regular decision release dates for the class of 2021! While college bound high school seniors are focused on their final semester and preparing for admission decisions, high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors need to be preparing for their own college admissions journey – including staying up-to-date on the latest college admissions news and trends.
IvyWise Students Gain Early Admission to Highly Selective Universities for the Class of 2021
As college bound seniors anxiously await regular decisions, we’re still gathering information on early admission statistics for the class of 2021, including early action, EDI, and EDII results. IvyWise students had tremendous success in the early round, with acceptances to Harvard University, Yale University, Stanford University, and more.
SAT to Limit International Test Dates, ACT Adding July Administration
Last year saw some big changes for the SAT, and now both the College Board, which administers the SAT, and the ACT have announced changes for the 2017-18 testing season, including tighter security, new test dates, and more.
Resources to Help High School Juniors Stay On Track With Their College Planning
The college application process is right around the corner for high school juniors, and we have a number of resources to help college bound juniors get and stay on track before they apply to college in the fall.
Here Are the Regular Admission Decision Dates for the Class of 2021
As we draw closer to the middle of the spring semester, college across the country are working hard to get through hundreds of thousands of college applications to the class of 2021 in order to deliver regular admission decisions by the end of March. We've compiled a comprehensive list of admission decision dates for 2017 here.
These Summer Programs for STEM Students Are Still Accepting Applications
For students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math fields (STEM), there are plenty of ways to gain valuable experience over the summer, whether it’s through an internship, a summer program, or an independent project.
Common App Brings Back the Topic of Choice Essay for 2017
Regular decisions for the class of 2021 are far from being released, but the college admissions process for current high school juniors is already revving up with the announcement of the 2017-18 Common Application essay prompts.
Here’s What Students Need to Know About the SAT Reading Section
By Peter, IvyWise Master Tutor
We’re almost a year removed from The College Board’s rollout of the 2016 SAT test redesign, so students and parents by now have a better sense of the test’s layout—that the reading section, for example, contains 52 questions and is timed to 65 minutes. There are however a couple of major conceptual changes in the SAT reading section that will be helpful for how students and parents approach preparing for the test.
Here’s How the UK College Admissions Process Differs From Admissions in the US
For many students, both domestic and international, applying to college is an opportunity to leave their comfort zone and gain new experiences. While more and more international students are studying in the US every year, a number of students are also looking to the UK for university options.
Colleges Across the US Celebrate Black History Month With a Number of Campus Events
February is Black History month in the US, and colleges and universities across the country are marking this national observance month with events and educational opportunities throughout February to celebrate the history of black Americans.
More Class of 2021 Application Statistics Available
January is almost over, and as we move further into the spring semester it’s important for college bound students to stay informed on the latest application trends and statistics.
Class of 2021 Application Numbers, College Prep Resources for Sophomores
With the new year comes new college prep goals, and with seniors all but done with their college applications, the focus has now shifted toward getting underclassmen college-ready.
Resources to Help Sophomores Get Started With College Planning
Junior year is right around the corner, so now is the perfect time for high school sophomores to start thinking about their college plans and what they need to do now in order to prepare for the admissions process.
The College Admissions Process Doesn’t Stop After You Hit “Submit”
While there are a number of colleges still accepting applications for the class of 2021, many college application deadlines have passed and a lot of high school seniors have finished applying to college. So what happens next?
Start 2017 Off Strong By Setting Goals For The New Semester
Now that it’s a new year and winter break is over, it’s time to start focusing on what you should be doing to get ahead and make the most of the rest of the school year.
Watch Out For These College Application Mistakes Before You Hit “Submit”
College application deadlines are just days away, so now is the time for students to put the finishing touches on their apps, and double check for any mistakes.
IvyWise Pro Bono Students Share the Moments They Learned of Their Early Acceptances to College
What’s it like to be accepted to your early decision or early action college? These students shared their reactions!
Regular Decision Deadlines Are Almost Here!
The clock is ticking and college bound students only have a little less than two weeks before regular decision applications are due. Many students will spend their winter break finishing their college applications, and we have some tips to help make that task a little easier.
You Were Accepted to College Early! Here’s What to Do Next
Congratulations! You were accepted to your early decision or early action college. But what do you need to do next? There are a number of things to consider moving forward, so it’s important for students to weigh all their options before accepting an early offer of admission.
Here are Early Admission Statistics for the Class of 2021
The first members of the college class of 2021 are in! Are you curious to see how this year’s early applicants compared to the class of 2020? Here’s our breakdown of the early admission numbers for the class of 2021. More decisions will be released this week and next, along with statistics, so we will be updating as more information becomes available!
PSAT Scores Are Out Today. Do You Know What They Mean?
PSAT scores from the October 2016 sitting will be released to students on December 12, and you may have questions about what they mean and how you can use them to your advantage. Here's our guide on how to read your PSAT score report.
Colleges Begin Releasing Early Admission Decisions, International Students to Pay More to Take the ACT
The next few days will be a big for seniors who applied early decision or early action to their top-choice colleges! Catch up on early decision news and more in this week’s college admissions news roundup.
It's Never Too Early To Get Started With College Prep
All the focus might be on seniors right now, but this is actually the perfect time for high school freshmen to start thinking about their college goals – even if they seem really far off.
College to Send Acceptances Over Snapchat, More Colleges Announce Early Decision Release Dates
It’s December, and for many students it’s crunch time to get all of their college applications completed and prepare for final exams. For students who applied early decision or early action to their top-choice college, it’s also the time of year when they’ll learn their early admission decision. We have updates on this and more in our weekly roundup!
Learn the College Admissions Lingo Before Starting Your College Prep
Ready to start your college prep but not sure what some of the college admissions lingo means? We’re here to help.
Don’t Forget to Give Thanks to Those You Meet Along Your Admissions Journey
When is it appropriate to send a thank you note or email when applying to college? Students are likely to meet a variety of admissions officials when visiting colleges and attending college fairs, and while it’s not required, it’s a good practice to send follow-up thank you notes.
Here’s When SAT and ACT Scores Come Out
For students applying to college, learning ACT or SAT scores is a big milestone in the admissions journey, and can heavily impact their college prep strategy going forward. If you’re taking the SAT or ACT this academic year, make sure you know when SAT and ACT scores are available and how that factors into your college prep timeline.
Here’s When You Can Take the SAT and ACT
Taking the SAT or ACT is a big element of the college admissions journey for many students, and it’s important for students and parents to know when the exams are offered, when to register, and how much it costs.
List of Early Decision Notification Dates, Penn Reports Record-High Number of Early Applications
Where has the time gone? Thanksgiving is around the corner and so is the first round of early decision release dates. Here’s what you need to know between now and then.
Early Decision and Early Action Notification Dates for the 2016-17 Application Season
There’s only a little more than a month left before the first early applcation decisions are released. Are you ready? Here’s our annual list of early decision notification dates!
Get College Prep Info From Those Who Have Made Admission Decisions Before
What does it take to get into your top-choice colleges? There are a number of admissions myths out there and various “tips and tricks” that promise to help students gain admission to their dream schools. At IvyWise, we have access to college admission experts who know what colleges are looking for and what students can do to improve their chances of admission, and they’ve revealed some of their top admission tips for college bound students!
Here are Some College Prep Tips From Last Week’s Twitter Chat
IvyWise was a guest in last week’s #CollegeCash Twitter chat, and provided a number of college prep tips for parents and students ready to start planning for college!
Here Are Some Common Grammar and Spelling Errors Students Should Check For In Their College Application Essays
Few things are scarier to students than submitting their college application only to find mistakes afterward. This can lead to panicked calls to counselors and colleges, asking to resubmit their essays or correct an error. While small grammar and spelling mistakes won’t kill your college admission chances, they can lead to a lot of nightmares for already stressed-out students. Checking essays for avoidable mistakes before submitting can save students a lot of anxiety.
New College Admissions Guide for Parents and Students, Early Application Deadlines Approach
We’re just days away from some of the first early application deadlines on Nov. 1, and there’s a lot of college admissions news and information to help carry students and parents through this first admissions milestone.
Download Our Free Introductory Guide to College Admissions
Ready to start your college admissions journey but not sure where to begin? IvyWise’s new College Admissions Guide is a primer that covers a number of topics including what colleges are looking for in applicants, how to build a balanced college list, what to expect on the Common Application, test-optional admissions, and more.
Take Some Time to Review and Reflect Before Applying Early
Early application deadlines are right around the corner! If you are one of the many seniors applying to college early decision or early action this fall, there are a few things that you should double-check before hitting “submit!”
Highest Paying College Majors, College Ranking Lists Shift Focus to Outcomes
As seniors continue to work on their college applications, juniors are in the think of their college prep, too, wading through a wealth of information about where to apply, ROI, and more. This week saw a lot of higher education news focused on information that juniors will use to make college decisions in the coming months.
Know the Pros and Cons Before Taking SAT Subject Tests
Fall is a busy testing season for high school students, and even more so for seniors applying to college. In addition to the ACT or SAT, some students also choose to take SAT Subject Tests as part of their admissions testing. But is it right for you?
Some Early App Deadlines Extended, Students Prepare for the PSAT
We’re halfway through October and early application deadlines are right around the corner! For students applying to college this fall, now is the time to get on track and stay informed on the latest college admissions news and developments.
Admissions Interviews Can Help You Stand Out and Demonstrate Interest
Now that we are at the height of application season, it’s a good idea to start preparing for the possibility of a college admissions interview. This is a chance for the college to put a face to the name on your application, and it is your opportunity to stand out and provide some additional context for your application.
WSJ Debuts New College Rankings List, Kaplan Releases New Survey of College Admission Officers
College is on the brain as we transition into October, and closer to early application deadlines, SAT and ACT test dates, and other fall admissions milestones. Stay on track by keeping up with the latest college admissions developments.
Seniors Need to Set Goals and an Application Timeline ASAP
You’ve made it! All that hard work over the past 3 years has finally led to senior year, but what do you do now? Starting off the school year strong and carrying that momentum through the fall will help you make the most of senior year and ensure you’re prepared not only for the college admissions process, but also college itself.
Experts Give Insight into the New Coalition College Application, Record-Number of Colleges are Test-Optional or Flexible
As we delve deeper into the application season, it’s important for students to, not only stay informed on the latest college admissions news, but also understand how it impacts their college application strategy. With more test-optional colleges and a new college application option available, students have a lot more to consider as they apply to college this fall.
The Size of Your College Can Have a Big Impact On Your Experience
When searching for best-fit colleges, size is often one of the first things that students consider. Many college bound students already have an idea of what they’re looking for in a school before they start researching specific institutions – maybe it’s a large student body with endless possibilities or a small campus with an intimate atmosphere. Going with your gut is a good place to start, but there are many pros, and cons, to certain college sizes that students might overlook when building their balanced college list.
New Survey of College Admissions Officers Reveals What’s Most Important When Applying to College
It’s officially back to school season, and as students ease into the new school year college planning is back on the minds of many families. There were a number of college admissions news stories this week, and we have everything you need to know right here!
Everything College Bound High School Seniors Need to Apply to College this Fall
It’s back to school time and for high school seniors it’s time to start applying to college! Are you ready?
Some of the Best Organization and College Prep Apps for Students This Fall
Time to go back to school? There’s an app for that! Start off the new school year by downloading these apps that will help you stay organized throughout the fall.
Some Colleges Drop SAT Subject Test Requirements, More Students Taking the ACT
Back-to-school season is in full swing, and we’re here to help college bound students start their fall off right by bringing them the latest college admissions and higher education news that they need to know.
Students Should Strike a Balance Between Challenging and Manageable
As students prepare to head back to school, many are examining their class schedule, gauging how difficult the next academic year will be and how they will achieve their grade goals. But it’s not just grades that colleges consider when evaluating applicants for admission. Colleges are also looking at the classes applicants are taking, how challenging they are, and how those courses align with students’ interests and academic goals.
Drexel Adds Early Decision Application Option, Class of 2020 Mindset List
Back to school season is here and it’s time for students to get serious about applying to college. Staying informed is key to having a successful admissions season, and he we have the top college admissions news for you right here!
In Order to Manage Yield Colleges Offer Early Decision Programs
Did you know that you can apply to a college early and get a decision way before most other students? Many colleges offer “early” application options, with students usually submitting their applications in October or November and receiving a decision by December. With the rise in the number of students applying to multiple colleges, and the difficulty of predicting yield, many colleges are offering a number of early application options. So how do you know if applying early is right for you?
UPenn to Allow Score Choice, ACT and SAT Face More Security Problems
As the summer starts to wind down, many students are preparing for the college admissions process this fall. It’s important to stay informed on the latest college admissions and higher education news, and we have everything you need to know right here!
IvyWise Counselor Nat Addresses Questions About the Common Application and More on Twitter
With the start of the 2016-17 college application season comes a lot of questions about college admissions, college essays, and more. IvyWise counselor Nat took to Twitter last week to answer some pressing questions college bound students had about applying to college this fall.
2016-17 Common Application Launch and Overview, More SAT Test Questions Leaked
The 2016-17 college application season has begun! Here’s what families need to know about the first week that many students are able to apply to college.
Here are Some of the Most Creative and Wacky Essay Prompts From This Year’s College Applications
The 2016-17 college admissions season has begun, with the availability of the 2016-17 Common Application and the launch of the new Coalition Application. With the start of the new application season comes some strange and quirky essay prompts.
More 2016-17 Essay Prompts Released, College Application Twitter Chat Next Week
The start of the next admissions season is just days away! Catch up on the latest higher education news before the Common Application and the Coalition Application open next week!
See How Your SAT Scores Compare to Other Test-Takers
The College Board recently released the percentiles for the new SAT, giving students a better idea of how they compare to other test-takers now that the SAT has adopted a new scoring scale.
Common App Goes Offline Until Aug. 1, Columbia and Barnard Drop SAT Subject Test Requirement
August is coming up fast, and rising high school seniors will soon be submitting the first of their college applications. There’s a lot happening in admissions right now, and we have your weekly roundup of higher education news!
Be Mindful of Your Social Media Presence When Applying to College
As the college admission season approaches, it’s time for rising high school seniors to prepare for the college application process, including brushing up on some social media tips to help them make the most of their online presence when applying to college. Here are some social media dos and don'ts to consider!
More Colleges Release Application Essay Prompts, SAT vs, ACT and More in This Month’s College Admissions Newsletter
It was a short week for many who celebrated the Fourth of July, but there’s still plenty of college admissions news to catch up on!
Here are College Application Essay Prompts for the Class of 2021
We may be in the middle of summer break, but a number of colleges have released their college application essay prompts already, giving rising high school seniors the opportunity to get a head start on their admissions essays!
UChicago Allows Applicants to Self-Report Scores, ACT Changing Scoring on the Optional Writing Test
It’s the Friday before a long weekend for many, but don’t head out before you catch up on the latest higher education and college admissions news!
Use Spare Time During Your Summer Break to Brainstorm College Essay Topics
Brainstorming is the first step toward writing an authentic and compelling college admission essay. For some students, however, brainstorming can be a challenge.
Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action in Admissions Policy, Guide to the 2016-17 Coalition Application
It was big week in higher education news, with the Supreme Court ruling on an important admissions case.
What Students and Parents Need to Know About the New Coalition College Admission Application
As the class of 2021 prepares for the college admissions season this fall they’ll have an extra college application option to choose from: the Coalition application. There have been a lot of questions about the new competitor to the Common App since its announcement, and we’re here to help with a comprehensive guide to the Coalition college application including what it is, what it includes, and whether or not to use it to apply to college this fall.
2016-17 UChicago College Application Essay Prompts Released, List of Colleges Using Coalition Application for the 2016-17 Admissions Season
It may be summer break for students, but the work is just starting in the college admissions world! More schools are releasing their essay prompts before Aug. 1, students have earlier access to application platforms, and there’s a lot happening in college admissions news that could affect the upcoming admissions cycle. Here’s what families need to know.
Social Media Is a Big Part of College Prep During the Summer
Yes, colleges are looking at your social media. Kaplan’s most recent survey found that “40% of college admissions officers browse social media profiles to learn more about admissions candidates.” In addition to summer activities, essay writing, and other summer college prep tasks, rising high school seniors should also take an inventory of their social media presence and decide how to use it to their advantage.
Seniors Applying to College This Fall Can Get the Bulk of Their Applications Done Over the Summer
Summer break provides college bound seniors with the perfect opportunity to get a head start on their college applications and continue their college prep so they’re prepared for the admissions season come fall. With activities, vacations, and other summer plans, it can be difficult to stay on top of everything that students need to accomplish while school is out. At IvyWise we aim to make getting ahead easier by providing students with comprehensive college planning checklists.
UChicago Announces Class of 2020 Admission Rate, Brown Names New Dean of Admission
It was a short week for many as families across the US celebrated Memorial Day, but there was a still a lot happening in higher education and college admissions!
Use Your Summer Break to Explore an Interest, Learn, And Get a Head Start on College Applications
Summer break is here for many students, but that doesn’t mean all learning has to stop! It’s important for college-bound students to spend their summers wisely, but they don’t have to participate in a fancy college summer program to do it.
Many Colleges Not Using the Coalition Application This Fall, Harvard University’s Annual Senior Survey Released
It’s the Friday before a long weekend, but there’s still a lot happening in the world of college admissions and higher education news. Read the latest college admissions news before you head out for the holiday!
IvyWise Staff Member Alison Used Spreadsheets and Checklists to Stay Organized When Applying to College
By Alison, IvyWise Marketing and Enrollment Coordinator
When I started formulating my balanced college list, I really was unsure what type of university or college I was looking for. I didn’t have a particular major in mind, all I knew was that I wanted to make sure I chose a school that would foster my own academic and professional growth while being a place I would be comfortable and proud to call home.
Class of 2020 Yield Rates, Waitlist Updates
The school year may be wrapping up, but the college admissions season is just revving up for rising high school seniors! There’s a lot to keep up with before getting a jump-start on college applications, and we have everything you need to know right here!
Colleges Report Matriculation for the Class of 2020
This college admissions season saw record-low admission rates, but what colleges are really concerned about is yield – the percentage of admitted students who enroll. Yield rates for the class of 2020 are starting to emerge – giving prospective students a better picture of the most recent freshman class.
SAT Score Conversion, 2016-17 Common Application Overview
This was a big week for students planning to apply to college this fall, as developments like SAT score comparisons, Common App changes, and more dominated the latest college admissions news.
Here's Your Student and Parent Guide to the 2016-17 Common Application
Before getting a head start on your college applications this summer, make sure you’re aware of Common Application changes for the 2016-17 admissions season.
UPDATED FOR 2018: Here are the Score Conversions for the New SAT, Old SAT, and the ACT
Want to see how your scores on the SAT compare to ACT? The College Board has updated the concordance tables so students can see how their SAT total scores compare to composite ACT scores.
Malia Obama to Attend Harvard, Dozens of Colleges Still Accepting Applications for the Class of 2020
It was a big week in college admissions news – from college decisions to major developments for the next admissions cycle. Information is key to a successful college admissions experience, and we have the news you need to know right here!
Everyone’s Talking About Gap Years
Gap years have been growing in popularity in the US for some time now, but with the announcement that First Daughter Malia Obama will take a year off before attending Harvard with the Class of 2021, there’s a revived interest in gap years and their benefits.
Job Market Improving For College Grads, Coalition Application Announces Essay Prompts
Seniors: Have you decided where you’re going to college yet? Juniors: Are you ready to start the college admissions process? There’s a lot to keep up with, and we have the college admissions news you need to know right here!
What and What Not to Do While Visiting Colleges
College visits are a critical part of the college search process, and it’s important for students and parents to make the most of their time on campus. Before you head off to prospective colleges, make sure you know what – and what not – to do while you’re there!
The Common Application and the New Coalition Application Have Already Announced 2016-17 Application Prompts
The college admissions process is just wrapping up for current high school seniors, but for juniors preparing for the admissions process this fall there’s a chance to get a head start on their essays. The Common Application, the pending Coalition Application, and various colleges are already releasing their essay prompts for the 2016-17 application season.
Updates on the Coalition Locker and Application, Some 2016-17 College Essay Prompts Announced
The May 1 enrollment deadline is right around the corner, and as the admissions process wraps up for current high school seniors, attention is now turning toward the next round of applicants.
There Are Many Things to Consider When Weighing Multiple Offers of Admission
We’re less than two weeks away from the college enrollment deadline, and for many students deciding among a few colleges there’s a lot to think about before making a decision about where to enroll.
Resources for Waitlisted Students, Purdue Announces New Financial Aid Program
As high school seniors across the country decide where they’ll spend the next four years, the college admissions process is just starting up for current sophomores and juniors. There’s a lot to keep up with in college admissions news, and we’re here to make that easier with our weekly news roundup!
If You’re Waitlisted Here Are Some Resources to Help You Decide What to Do Next
At the end of the college admissions process most students expect a clear “yes” or “no” answer on their application, so receiving a waitlist decision can be an extremely confusing result. If you’re waitlisted, there are a number of resources out there to help you decide whether to take your chances on the waitlist or move on.
More Class of 2020 Admission Rates, Student Accepted to All Eight Ivy League Colleges
By now, most college bound high school seniors know their college admission decisions. Whether they were accepted, rejected, or waitlisted, there’s a lot to keep in mind, and a lot of news that juniors preparing for the college admissions should know!
In Some Cases It Is Possible to Appeal a Rejection But It's Rarely Successful
You were denied admission to your top-choice college. Now what? Most students and parents accept the bad news and move on, while others want to know why. In some cases it is possbile to appeal your admission decision, and every year many students take advantage of it. Success stories are few and far between, but overturning an admission decision is not impossible. There is anecdotal evidence that appeals can be successful. So the question remains – should you appeal your admission decision?
More Colleges Report Record-Low Admission Rates, Skidmore May Go Test-Optional
It may be April Fool’s Day, but today’s weekly college admissions news roundup is no joke! The Ivy League colleges released decisions this week and everyone was waiting to see how low their admission rates would go.
Colleges Continue to Report Record-Low Admission Rates, Stanford Admits 4.69% of Applicants for the Class of 2020
It was another competitive admission season for the class of 2020, with admission rates for the incoming freshman class remaining low and even dropping from the 2014-15 cycle.
Colleges Report Record-Low Admission Rates for the Class of 2020, ACT Announces New PreACT Test
More colleges have released admission decisions this week, and with them comes a peek into the class of 2020. Many colleges are reporting record-low admission rates, with more decisions coming today and over the weekend.
Start Your College Prep By Picking Up Your Outside Reading
By Catherine DiMarzo, IvyWise Client Relations Manager
Families often ask what their students can be doing to demonstrate their intellectual horsepower outside of the classroom. One of the first things that our counselors recommend is outside reading. Specifically, reading that is not assigned for homework or as part of a class. There are many books, blogs, and online journals that high school students can read that will help them explore and become experts in their areas of interest.
First Class of 2020 Admission Rates, More Decisions Coming Today and This Weekend
We’re in the thick of admission decision season, with tens of thousands of students across the country and globe anxiously waiting to hear from their top-choice colleges!
Class of 2020 Regular Decision Release Dates, Response to the New SAT
It’s a big month for high school seniors as colleges begin releasing regular decisions for the class of 2020! We have everything families need to know right here!
The Feelings of Anxious High School Seniors
Next week colleges will begin releasing regular admission decisions for the class of 2020, and many high school seniors across the globe are anxious to learn whether they were admitted to their dream colleges or not.
Here's When the College Class of 2020 Will Learn Their Admissions Decisions
It’s March and there’s finally a light at the end of the admissions tunnel for anxious high school seniors – colleges will soon start releasing their regular admissions decisions!
The Revised SAT Debuts This Weekend, Boston College Announces Regular Decision Notification Date
This March will see a lot of big college admissions action, with the debut of the new SAT and regular decisions released later in the month. It’s important for college bound students and their parents to stay informed on the latest college admissions news, and at IvyWise we’re making that easier with our weekly news roundup!
What To Keep In Mind When Taking the New SAT
The first administration of the redesigned SAT is this Saturday, March 5, and for students preparing for the college admissions process, this test is a big departure from the past SAT. At IvyWise, we’re advising students to delay taking the new SAT or to take the ACT instead, as colleges weigh both exams equally, but for students who are already prepared to take the new SAT this year, here are some things to keep in mind on test-day and beyond.
Insight Into the New August SAT Date, Cornell Now Need-Aware for International Applicants
March is right around the corner and with it comes the first sitting of the new SAT! There’s a lot going on in higher education right now as seniors prepare to learn their admissions decisions and juniors begin the admissions process themselves. Here’s what you need to know!
For The First Time In Decades The SAT Will Be Offered In The Late Summer
The new SAT is debuting this March, but another big change for the test is on the horizon – the College Board recently revealed that, starting in 2017, students will have the option to take the SAT in August. With the addition of a test date also comes the removal of one – the College Board will also eliminate the January test starting in 2018.
George Washington University and Harvard See Record Number of Applications, More Class of 2020 Admission Stats
It was a short week for many students who celebrated Presidents’ Day, but it was a busy week in college admissions and higher education news!
Tools to Help Students Get Organized Before Applying to College
By Amy Jeffrey, founder of Make Me a Freshman
Teacher recommendations. Transcripts. FAFSA. These are just three of the many different types of forms that you must track when applying to college. How can you manage them all?
Check Out the New Look at IvyWise.com!
At IvyWise we’re committed to bringing the latest admissions tips and information to college bound families across the globe, so we’re happy to announce the launch of a new IvyWise.com, with even more resources for families interested in learning more about the college admissions process!
Princeton to Reinstate Transfer Admissions, More Colleges Report Record Number of Applications to the Class of 2020
Are you keeping up with the latest college admissions news? With the changes coming to the SAT, the Common App, the new Coalition App, and other proposed changes coming to the college admissions process, it’s more important than ever to stay informed on the latest higher education news!
The Common App and Anticipated Coalition App Are Encouraging Students to Start On Their Applications Earlier Than Ever
Recently, the Common Application announced that the prompts for the 2016-17 application season will remain the same as last year, and that, instead of waiting for the Aug. 1 open date, current high school juniors can create accounts now that will roll over into the fall admission cycle. This is a big move, as the Common App stands to have some competition from the Coalition App, which plans to launch its “locker” feature soon and new application this summer. But what does this mean for current juniors, who are already under enough college prep pressure that these colleges supposedly want to help alleviate? How early is too early to get started on your college application essays?
2016-17 Common Application Essay Prompts, Cornell Accepted 27.4% of Early Applicants to the Class of 2020
The first month of 2016 has flown by, and there’s a lot of news that college bound students need to catch up on from just January alone! This is especially critical for high school juniors, as the spotlight is on them as they gear up for the college application process this fall.
Who Says Liberal Arts and STEM Can’t Coexist?
As more families consider the ROI of a college education, the value of a liberal arts education in today’s world has been a hot topic. With many STEM degrees and programs topping lists of “highest paying majors” and “best college ROI,” many have waged a war on the liberal arts, pegging them as useless degrees that don’t warrant the cost. However, while a STEM degree can open doors to lucrative careers, many employers are finding that, without a liberal arts background, many STEM graduates lack the necessary communication, management, and collaboration skills that are necessary in the workforce.
New Report Aims to Change the College Admissions Process, Winter Weather Affecting Saturday’s SAT
It may have been a short week for most students, but it was a busy one in the world of higher education. A lot of college admissions news broke this week, and we’re here to tell you everything you need to know!
New Harvard Report Offers Suggestions On How Schools Can Improve the College Admissions Process
The higher education industry was abuzz yesterday with the announcement of a new report released by Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, called “Turning the Tide,” that highlights how colleges can change the admissions process by focusing more on community service and reducing the stress that comes with students padding their resumes with multiple extracurricular activities, AP courses, and excessive test prep. This report was endorsed by dozens of higher education institutions, including admissions officials from MIT and Yale, among others.
More College Admission Officers Are Looking At Applicants’ Social Media Profiles, Record Number of Applications to Penn’s Class of 2020
As seniors wait to hear back from colleges, the spotlight has now turned to current juniors, who are in a very critical phase of the college prep process. It’s important at this stage to make sure you’re informed on the latest college admissions news. Luckily, we have the week’s top higher education news articles right here.
Applying to College Can Be Stressful But It Doesn't Have to Be
It’s only natural for teens to feel pressure when navigating the college admissions process – it is, after all, one of the biggest decisions many teens will have made up until this point. In the January newsletter we covered how to manage test anxiety, which is common among many teens taking the ACT or SAT in hopes of getting into their dream school. While testing anxiety can be crippling, the college preparation process extends beyond one Saturday morning test. Many students can feel overwhelmed going into the process, and the stress can cause problems with grades, family, friends, health, and more.
Many Colleges Still Accepting Applications for the Class of 2020, MIT Won’t Join Coalition App
Welcome to 2016! It’s a new year, new semester, and the perfect opportunity for students and parents to catch up on the latest higher education news and plan for the college application process!
Here’s a List of Colleges and Universities With Later Deadlines
January 1 may have passed, but there are still plenty of colleges accepting regular decision applications. For those students who got a late start on the college admissions process, or are second-guessing their current balanced college list, there are a number of colleges and universities with later application deadlines.
College Admission Secrets Pt. 3: What Parents and Students Need to Know About College Applications and Decisions
Here's What Parents and Students Need to Know about Gimmicks, Diversity, and Admission Decisions
Many families have a lot of misconceptions about how the college admissions process works and what goes on behind the closed doors of admissions offices. At IvyWise we’re here to help clear up the confusion with our three-part College Admissions Secrets series. In this last installment we address what families need to know about applications and how admission decisions are made.
All Information On Your College Application Is Important, But Some Metrics Are More Valuable Than Others
Do you know what really matters on your college application? Students and parents alike can buy into a lot of misconceptions about what’s ‘most important’ to colleges and how students can work to stand out when applying to their dream school.
Class of 2020 Early Admission Rates, Tips for Deferred Students
Early decisions are still rolling out and we’re quickly closing in on the regular decision deadline. Seniors are in full college application completion mode, while many juniors are bracing for the New Year and the changes to the SAT that are coming with it. It’s important to stay on top of the latest developments in college admissions at this juncture in the college prep process, and we’re here to make that a little easier with our weekly news roundup.
There's More to Evaluating Applications Than Grades and Test Scores
With high school seniors in the thick of the college application process, speculation abounds about how college admissions committees make decisions, what it takes to get in, and whether or not student A is more qualified than student B. “Chancing” is a big part of this frenzy, with students turning to message boards to post their stats in an effort to gain insight as to whether or not they have a shot at their top-choice college. But really goes on behind closed doors?
Here are the Early Admission Statistics for the Class of 2020
We’re closing in on the college application finish line for this year’s high school seniors, but the first members of the Class of 2020 are in! Are you curious to see how this year’s early applicants compared to the Class of 2019? Here’s our breakdown of the early admission numbers for the Class of 2020. More decisions will be released this week along with statistics, so we will be updating as more information becomes available!
The January 2016 SAT Is the Last Administration of the Exam in its Current Form
By Sarah, IvyWise Tutoring Manager
The changes coming to the SAT in March 2016 have left many high school juniors confused about their options and the best approach for tests and test prep. For months, we’ve urged the Class of 2017 to opt for the ACT next spring in order to avoid any uncertainties regarding implementation and scoring that come along with this major overhaul. While we still stand behind the advice for all juniors to prep for the ACT, we realize there are still some that can’t get past the urban myths that ‘some schools prefer SAT’ or ‘the SAT is more coachable than the ACT.’ So for those doubters – with one big caveat – there is still the option to take the SAT in its current format with just one more offering in January 2016.
Colleges Begin Announcing Early Decision Release Dates, What to Do If You Get Deferred
It’s the first week of December, and many students are anxiously waiting for decisions from the colleges to which they applied early. It’s also crunch time for regular applications, as final deadlines are looming.
Here are the Early Decision and Early Action Notification Dates for the 2015-16 Application Season
It’s December, which is crunch time for college applicants. There’s a month left before the Jan. 1 regular decision application deadlines, and that means that colleges will soon be releasing their early application decisions.
Some Colleges Report Increase in Number of Early Decision and Early Action Applications
As regular decision deadlines approach, some information is tricking out about early decision and early action applications for the class of 2020.
Colleges Report Early Application Numbers for the Class of 2020, New Report Finds More International Students Studying in the US
With Thanksgiving right around the corner we’re entering the final stretch of the college application season! Deadlines are looming, and it’s important this time of year for students to stay informed on what’s happening in the world of college admissions.
Here’s How to Record an Outstanding College Application Essay Video
Many colleges are known for getting creative with their essay prompts, sometimes asking weird and wacky questions to encourage students to dig for thoughtful, creative responses. Another way some colleges are shaking up the college admissions process is with college application essay videos.
Study Suggests Elite Colleges Might Not Offer the Most Difficult Courses, Student Protests Grow On College Campuses
With most early deadlines passed and about a month-and-a-half to wrap up regular decision applications, college-bound high schoolers are feeling a little bit of relief this week from the pressures of the college admissions process. While this is a good time to take a breather, students need to be diligent about sticking to their application timelines, completing essays, and staying informed on the latest higher education news.
Your Passions and Interests Can Lay The Groundwork For a Successful College Experience
When preparing students for the college admissions process, we place a lot of emphasis on identifying and developing students’ interests in addition to good grades and test scores. As we’ve said before, students’ interests are important because it helps colleges make admissions decisions and build well-rounded classes. However, developing students’ interests isn’t just about getting into college – they’re a key factor in helping students succeed during their four-years and after graduation.
Here’s What Top Colleges Are Looking For When Evaluating Applications
There are a lot of misconceptions about what colleges are ‘looking for’ when evaluating college applications. Is it a well-rounded student? A well-rounded class? Students with only high SAT scores? Or students just in the top 10% of their class? Every college’s priorities are different, but here’s some insight into the factors that are important to most colleges based on a survey of college admissions officers themselves.
The Economist Releases First College Rankings List, College Board Publishes 2015 Trends in Higher Education Report
Now that the majority of early application deadlines have passed, the focus at this point in the college admissions process is on finishing those regular decision applications before the Jan. 1 deadlines! During this time it’s important to keep up with any admissions news and developments that might affect students’ application strategies.
SAT Scores Delayed, Colleges Address How Students Should Handle ACT Score Delay
This week saw more standardized test score problems, and students are looking to colleges and testing agencies for guidance on how to address these scary score delays on their early applications – which many are due in less than two days.
While the College Admissions Experience is Unique For Each Student, Many Go Through Similar Emotions
It’s an experience high school seniors across the country are going through together – applying to college. Every student is different, but the emotions and questions that the college application process can provoke are pretty predictable.
ACT Scores Delayed, College Admissions Tips for Parents
Early decision and early action deadlines are just around the corner, and with a new development regarding ACT scores from the September test, it’s critical for families to catch up on the latest college admissions news.
Parents Need to Be Involved When Students Apply to College But Avoid Overwhelming the Process
As a parent it’s hard not to want to play a major part of your student’s college search and application process. While it’s important to be involved in the process, there are some boundaries that parents of college bound students need to observe.
Job Market For Recent Grads Best Since 1999, Coalition Application Receives More Criticism
We’re less than two weeks way from many early decision and early action deadlines! Make sure you’re staying informed on the latest higher education news!
Here are Some Resources to Help High School Juniors Prepare for the College Admissions Process Next School Year
Application deadlines are approaching for current seniors, but this is a critical college prep time for high school juniors, as this is their last full year to prepare before starting the college application process next fall.
Coalition Application Pushes Back Locker Portfolio Open Date, 2015-16 Early Application Deadlines
The first full week of October is coming to a close, and for students getting ready to submit early applications, there’s a lot to keep up with!
Staying informed is the best college admissions strategy, especially in the final weeks leading up to submitting applications. The college admissions landscape is always changing, and there’s always a new development to keep up with. At IvyWise, we strive to make the college application process as easy as possible for families, by making sure they’re well informed about what to expect when applying to college. This is why we bring you the latest college admissions news every Friday.
Here’s When Students Applying Early to the Class of 2020 Need to Submit Applications
We’re closing in on the first college application deadlines for the Class of 2020. Here are some of the fall 2015 early application deadlines students need to be aware of.
New College Application Platform Announced, Survey Finds Only 13% of Colleges Will Require New SAT Essay
It was a busy week for higher education news, as some big announcements were made, new trends revealed, and admissions leaders from across the country gathered for an annual conference.
Here’s What You Need to Know About the New Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success College Application
Students Can Apply With the Coalition’s College Application In 2016
It was announced yesterday that over 80 colleges, including all Ivy Leagues and Stanford, had formed a coalition in an effort to increase college access and revamp the way that students apply to college. Known as the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success, this initiative plans to launch a new college application next year that would serve as an alternative to The Common Application.
Yale No Longer Requiring SAT Subject Test Scores, Investigation Clears Princeton of Allegations of Anti-Asian Bias in Admissions
October is less than a week away, and with it comes early application crunch time. High school seniors busy with college applications might not have the time to stay informed on the latest higher education news – luckily we’re here to help.
Don’t Let College Application Anxiety Keep You From Having a Fun and Successful School Year
The glow of a new school year has worn off, and now college-bound high school seniors are diving head first into college applications – and the stress that comes with it.
Changes Announced for the FAFSA, White House Unveils New College Scorecard
Staying informed is one of the most important things that families can do when preparing to apply to college, and there was a lot of college admissions news to keep up with this week!
Planning to Transfer to Another College? Here are Some Transfer Application Tips
The college application season may be underway for current high school seniors, but there’s another group of admissions hopefuls that also need some guidance this season: undergraduate transfer students.
Brown Admitted 196 Waitlist Students for the Class of 2019, Slate Debuts New College Admissions Podcast
It was a short week for students across the country, and for many it was officially back to school time! Now’s the time for high school students across the country to start the school year off on the right foot – and get ready for the college admissions process!
Increase Your Chances of Admission By Putting Together a Genuine and Thoughtful Application
Parents and students hear it every year: The college admissions process is more competitive than ever, and on many levels it’s very true. With the digital age came easier access to application materials, and students are applying to a longer list of colleges than ever before, making for a very saturated applicant pool at many top schools.
SAT Scores Drop to Lowest Level in 10 Years, ACT Writing Test Changes Coming This MonthBefore you head off for the Labor Day weekend, catch up on the latest higher education and college admissions news!
The New ACT Essay Will Be Administered For the First Time on the Sept. 12 TestWith everyone focused on the changes coming to the SAT in the spring of 2016, many have overlooked one major change coming to the ACT this fall: the essay.
Survey Finds Many Parents Unaware of SAT Changes Coming in 2016, 2015 ACT Scores See Little ImprovementAugust is wrapping up, and soon high school students across the country will all be back in the classroom – with many kicking their college application efforts into high gear. There’s a lot that happens around back to school time, and we’re here to help you stay informed on the latest college admissions news.
The Most Lucrative College Majors Are in Male-Dominated Fields, Job Outlook Positive For Recent College GraduatesAs August begins to come to a close, it’s time for students to get serious about their back to school plans, college prep, and staying informed on the latest higher education news.
New Goals For the New Year Can Keep Students On Track For College Admissions SuccessIt’s a common practice to set goals at the start of a new calendar year, but for students it can also be beneficial to come up with some resolutions for the new school year. By setting clear goals and expectations for the next school year, students can get ahead and prepare for the college admissions process.
FAFSA Will No Longer Show Colleges Where Else Students Are Applying, Higher Education Hot Topic For Presidential CandidatesFrom FAFSA changes to new college affordability plans, there was a lot going on in higher education news this week.
2014-16 Common Application Opens, Survey Finds 44% Of Students Don’t Think Their School Helped Them Enough In the College Admissions ProcessIt might still be summer break for many students across the country, but the college admissions season has already started! Now it’s more important than ever for families to stay informed on the latest college admissions news.
Colleges Continue to Get Creative With Collge Application Essay Prompts The 2015-16 college application season is officially underway after the opening of the Common Application over the weekend. Many essay prompts were made available by colleges over the summer, but the launch of the new Common Application has allowed more insight into what colleges want students to write about this year – no matter how strange.
George Washington University Becomes Test Optional, Changes Coming to AP US History Course This YearWe’re one day away from the opening of the Common Application! The college admissions season will officially kick off in less than 24 hours, and there’s already a lot of news to catch up on!
Make Sure You Know The Truth About College Application Essays Before Starting On Your Common ApplicationThe Common Application opens this weekend on August 1, and for many rising seniors this is the perfect opportunity to get a head start on their college applications before the start of the school year. However, before students dive into their college application essays, they need to know what’s true, and what’s false, about these common application essay myths.
Class Rank Value is Declining, Over One-Third of College Students Transfer Schools Before Graduation
As we get closer to the August 1 opening of the Common Application, there’s more and more back to school and college admissions news coming out everyday. It’s important for families to stay informed, so we’re bringing you the latest higher education news every Friday.
Here are Some Resources to Help You Get Started on Your College Application Essays
The August 1 Common Application open date is just around the corner, but many colleges have already released their 2015-16 college essay prompts. For many students, the summer can be a great time to get a head start on their college essays before the school year starts. If you’re already working on your college applications, there are many resources out there that can help you craft a great essay before you’re able to meet with your college counselor this fall.
MIT Changes Early Admission Policy, Some 2015-16 Common Application Supplements Released EarlyAugust is just right around the corner! We’re closing in fast on the July half-way mark, and rising high school seniors are realizing how soon the college application process will begin. Staying informed is one of the most important things that families can do to prepare for the college admissions season, and we’re here to make it easier with this week’s top higher education news.
How to Make the Most of Your College Visits Even If You're on a Budget
As we draw closer to the opening of the new college admissions season on Aug. 1, many families are beginning to prepare for a big college preparation milestone this fall: visiting prospective colleges.
Harvard-Stanford Admissions Hoax Sheds Light on Competitive Process, How the SAT Error Will Affect FamiliesFrom admissions hoaxes to criticism about the erred June 6 SAT, this summer has seen no shortage of admissions and higher education news.
Here's A Roundup of College Checklists For Every Stage of the College Prep Process
It may be summer vacation, but college prep rarely takes a break. Whether you’re getting ready for your first year of high school or preparing for your last, there’s no better time than the present to start thinking about your college admissions goals and how to achieve them.
College Board Offers Fee Waiver For Students Who Took June 6 SAT, Second Section Will Not Be ScoredIt’s been a busy week with all the new updates on how The College Board is addressing student and parent concerns regarding the error on the June 6 SAT. A lot has happened in the past week, and we’re here to bring you all the information you need to know!
Students Have Until Sept. 3 to Register For a Fee Waiver For the October Test
After addressing an error on the June 6 SAT last week and announcing that two sections of the test will not be scored, The College Board said this week that students who took the exam will be able to take the October SAT for free.
New Social Media Networks and Mobile Apps Make It Easier For High School Students to Connect With Colleges
This summer, rising high school seniors can explore colleges without having to leave the comfort of their homes. Though most students conduct their preliminary college research on the college’s websites, social media is becoming a more popular avenue to explore when gaining insight into a campus’s culture, offerings, and student life.
College Board Addresses SAT Error, UVA Releases 2015-16 Essay PromptsRising seniors: Are you ready for the college admissions process? It may be summer break, but the college application season is already starting and it’s important to stay informed on what’s new, what’s changing, and what students need to do this summer to stay on track. This is why at IvyWise, we bring you the latest college admissions news and updates every week.
Here’s What Rising College Freshmen Need to Do This Summer to Prepare For The First Semester of CollegeThe summer before freshman year of college is exciting! You’re so close to realizing your college dreams, however, there’s still lots to be done to prepare for your first year on campus. From packing and choosing classes to spending time with friends, the months leading up to freshman move-in day can be extremely busy – and can go by in a flash.
NYU Changes Controversial Admissions Policy, More College Join the Common ApplicationIt was a short week with the Memorial Day holiday, but there was no shortage of higher education news to cover! As students start their summer break, it’s important to remember that college prep doesn’t end with the school year. One of the best ways to prepare for the college admissions process is to stay informed, and our weekly news roundup is one way to do that.
Yield May Be Holding Steady At Elite Colleges But It’s Still A Big Concern For Admissions OfficesYield rates for the class of 2019 at some of the country’s top colleges and universities have plateaued, with many mirroring last year’s rates. Of the yield rates that are available, some are the same or vary by one or two percentage points compared to last year. Why does this matter? For colleges, yield is important in order to predict the size of the incoming class and make sure they have enough students to meet their institutional needs.
2015-16 Common Application Changes, Harvard Accused of Discrimination in College AdmissionsWe took a break last week, but we’re back right before the holiday weekend to bring you the latest college admissions and higher education news! The school year may be winding down, but it’s a busy time in college admissions as the next round of students begin preparing for the application process this summer. There’s a lot that rising seniors can do now to prepare for the college admissions season – including staying up to date on the latest news.
Here’s What Families Need to Know About the Changes Coming to the Common Application This YearThe Common Application has announced changes for the 2015-16 application, which opens August 1. For rising seniors, the summer is a prime time to get a head start on college applications, with many completing essays well before the August 1 open date. Because of this, it’s important for students and parents to know what to expect on this year’s Common App.
Here's What to Do In Order To Be Successful on June Standardized Tests
As the school year comes to a close, many students look forward to taking a much-needed break from studying and exams. However, for students taking the June ACT or SAT, the end of the school year can be an unwelcome event, as the culmination of the semester leaves them little time to prepare for these important tests. For some, the stress of end-of-year exams, AP and IB tests, and other final projects can force students to put off their test prep for the June ACT or SAT – leaving them unprepared come test-day.
Common App Questions, International Admissions, and More: Here Are the College Admissions Trends Families Need to Prepare for This SummerThe admissions process for the Class of 2019 is just wrapping up, but we’re already seeing new trends developing for the Class of 2020. From online education to alternative admission options , and even problematic Common Application questions that colleges can use to make admissions decisions, there’s a lot brewing for the next crop of college applicants.
Annual State of College Admissions Report, IvyWise Class of 2015 Admission ResultsBy now, most college enrollment deposits are in and high school seniors across the country are counting down the days until graduation! While the college admissions process may be over for many of them, there’s still a lot to accomplish before the end of the school year, including acing finals and AP exams! There’s also a lot that high school juniors need to prepare for before the end of the school year, and staying informed on the latest college admissions news should be at the top of the list.
IvyWise's Class of 2015 Gained Admission to Over 260 Colleges Including All 8 Ivy Leagues and Stanford!
The 2014-15 application season was a great one for IvyWise students, with 92% gaining admission to one or more of their top-three choice colleges! This year's class gained admission to over 260 colleges and universities, including all eight Ivy League colleges, Stanford, MIT, Johns Hopkins, and NYU, to name a few. In honor of this year's class, we've created an infographic of their success and highlights of how IvyWise has guided students throughout the college admissions process for over 17 years now!
Seniors at NJ High School Submitted over 5,000 College Applications, It's Decision Day for the Class of 2019Happy Decision Day! It’s May 1st, meaning students have until midnight to submit their enrollment deposits and secure their spot at the college they’ll attend this fall. By this time most students have already made their final decision, but for some it can come down to the wire. As the college admissions process wraps up for current high school seniors, it’s important to remember that the entire journey isn’t over quite yet! Seniors need to work hard and keep their grades up through the end of the school year because colleges will request final transcripts!
This is also the time of year when the focus shifts toward current high school juniors. It’s almost their time to apply to college, and one of the best things that parents and students can do now is stay informed on what’s going on in admissions and higher education. At IvyWise we aim to make this easier by bringing you the latest higher education news every Friday.